The Cat Behavior Answer Book

The Cat Behavior Answer Book

Practical Insights & Proven Solutions for your Feline Questions

Book - 2007
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Cats are lovable, funny, attentive listeners, and wonderfully cuddly. They can also be tenacious, persnickety, and maddeningly aloof. Arden Moore explains the mysteries behind your feline friend's thoughts and actions, from that inexplicable fascination with catnip to kneading blankets, chasing mice, and dozens of other complexities of cat behavior. With a handle on what's behind your cat's quirky personality, you'll be able to maximize quality time with the fuzziest member of the family.
Publisher: North Adams, MA : Storey Pub., c2007
ISBN: 9781580176743
Characteristics: x, 326 p. : ill. ; 17 cm

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Jan 22, 2018

If you know a reluctant reader with a short attention span, this book might get them interested in learning about cats, but be ready to rebut some bad advice. I rolled my eyes at some of the quirky section titles, like “Yuck! Hairballs!” and “Uh-oh, It’s Pill Time.” There is good advice on quite a few topics, but some of the advice was troubling. One section explains how to train your cat to use a human toilet (p. 191), which takes away from natural behaviours and can leave cats acting out in other ways. Shrinking a cat’s territory was given as an approach to deal with feces on the carpet, an approach that would have caused the cat stress and could have easily backfired (p. 184). Declawing a cat, while not recommended, is said to be an alternative in some cases (p. 255). We now know that declawing is very painful for cats and results in behaviour problems like litter box avoidance. The cruel procedure has been banned in Nova Scotia effective March 15, 2018, is banned in some European countries, and should be banned everywhere. Perhaps awareness is growing since the book was published in 2007.


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